On Thursday, the NFL suspended Ravens running back Ray Rice for the first two games of the 2014 season. The punishment, which was widely criticized as too lenient, was handed down months after Rice was indicted on a third-degree assault charge following a physical incident with his now-wife, Janay Palmer, at an Atlantic City hotel.

But a source told the TheMMQB.com's Peter King that one of the reasons NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell levied just a two-game suspension was because Palmer "made a moving and apparently convincing case to Goodell during a June 16 hearing ... that the incident in the hotel elevator was a one-time event, and nothing physical had happened in their relationship before or since."

King's source added that Palmer urged the commissioner "to not ruin Rice's image and career with his sanctions."